People use the words ‘counselling’ and ‘psychotherapy’ in different ways, so there is no commonly agreed definition. Both counsellors and psychotherapists provide a service offering support and treatment for a wide range of mental health and emotional issues. Talking therapy can help with issues such as, relationships, depression, anxiety, stress, anger, phobias and bereavement.
Prolonged stress has been shown to be detrimental to the human psyche, it can lead to illness and physical and emotional exhaustion, psychotherapy can help to alleviate some of the symptoms, which if left unchecked can lead to poor emotional health.
Breaking down how you are thinking, feeling and behaving starts to give an insight into understanding what can upset you. Your triggers are unique, investigating how they impact you enables you to learn to recognise them and find appropriate ways of coping.
Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history. You will be encouraged to talk and explore your feelings and experiences in a structured way with a trained counsellor/psychotherapist. The therapeutic relationship is key to a collaborative relationship, facilitating space and growth.